Surprises make for great storytelling as Quid Pro Quo—shocked as they were, too, of what just happened—pulled off a surprise gig last Saturday (July 29) at SaGuijo; not to mention that it was also their first time putting together a gig at the distinguished bar in Makati. Quids Next Door, the group’s staple concept as it stands, represents their core value as a thriving community. For Quid Pro Quo, it showcases “new and have-yet-to-be-loved artists alongside the leading lights in the local independent scene.”
That being said, Quids Next Door stands for the collective’s ideal of exchanging art for art, and you better believe it. The Quids especially take it to heart.
Last Saturday’s gig was the third installment of Quids Next Door. It was originally planned to happen on the last Wednesday of every month at Pablo’s in the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, but due to some sudden changes in the past week and bad weather, the third edition was temporarily put off and moved to the weekend… much to everyone at Quid Pro Quo’s surprise. Because biglaan.
Moving on, the show started off about an hour later than the intended 8:30PM, but then again: it’s the weekend, and the weather’s just about clearing up after a couple of days of heavy downpours. So, there’s some moderate traffic that allowed most people to come just in time as the show began with Manila-based alternative rock outfit Alpha Caeli taking the helm, playing the kind of music that’s just refreshing to hear. They were followed by the funk ‘n roll titos of Lovecore from Southern Manila with a bluesy, funk/rock and roll jam of James Brown covers coupled with their originals. If you managed to catch their set, surely enough, you were dancing along the bassist’s groove.
After much of Lovecore’s funk, Over October played next—not backing down from the bar set by the band prior to them, but also leaving some room for everyone to catch their breaths. Carousel Casualties came up next, played most of the tracks from their latest EP, Madison, and absolutely killed it.
[From the author: I’ll divulge more about Carousel Casualties and their Madison EP in a separate article, so sit tight and stay tuned. *winks*]
Following the Casualties’ set came singer-songwriter with a heart from Cainta, Earl Generao who played a soulful acoustic set back to back with E.R.A., eventually capping off the night.
Suffice to say, Quid Pro Quo nailed their first-ever SaGuijo gig! *pops confetti*
Biglaan as it may have been, the flow of the show went real smoothly, with little to no technical difficulties. On top of that, Quids Next Door concluded some 15 minutes earlier than the 2AM closing time. It’s one for the books. With that, we hope to see more of how they grow the next time around.